Though brothers, Argan and Béralde could not be more opposite: Argan
Béralde: Let me ask you, brother, above all things not to excite yourself during our conversation.
Argan: I agree.
Béralde: To answer without anger to anything I may mention.
Argan: Very well.
Béralde: And to reason together upon the business I want to discuss with you without any irritation.
Argan: Dear me! Yes. What a preamble!
Béralde: How is it, brother, that, with all the wealth you possess, and with only one daughter--for I do not count the little one--you speak of sending her to a convent?
Argan: How is it, brother, that I am master of my family, and that I can do all that I think fit?
Béralde: Your wife doesn’t fail to advise you to get rid, in that way, of your two daughters; and I have no doubt, through a spirit of charity, she would be charmed to see them both good nuns.
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